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Barry Latchford

“I had great fun on my Odyssey adventure. It was superbly organised, and the leaders were thoroughly professional; but my abiding memory will be how so many disparate strangers, with only cancer in common, bonded together when facing unknown challenges. In the end, it is the participants themselves who make the adventure happen, supporting each other, and especially the really sick ones among us, in a leap of faith that the next challenge can be overcome. There were many surprises – all good ones – but the mystery became part of the adventure, the not knowing how we would meet it as individuals, but confident that together we would find the courage to succeed. In effect, a metaphor for the cancer journey itself…”

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Mandy Meeks

I went on an Odyssey holiday just after finishing treatment for breast cancer aged just 36. I was scared and anxious still, with the cancer being a huge source of my anxiety that I couldn’t seem to shake off. However, from the first moment I arrived I knew this was going to be a special holiday. I met amazing people from the start including others with cancer, volunteers and the staff. By the end of the 5 days my sides ached from laughing, I had done things I had never thought I’d do and came away wanting to live life to the full again whatever happened in the future. For me, Odyssey was like opening the wardrobe door to Narnia, I came back to the real world knowing there is a little bit of magic somewhere!

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Sandi Burrows

Being diagnosed with cancer was like having the rug pulled from beneath me; any confidence I had completely disappeared. I went on an Odyssey course in 2006 and was amazed at how it changed my life. I spent time with some wonderful people doing things that I never dreamed I would ever do and returned home walking on air. Nearly five years later, still walking on air, I am still doing things I never thought I would because I now know that anything is possible. Most of all, Odyssey helped me to make the most of every day without worrying about tomorrow.

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Brenda Shannon

My Odyssey journey was amazing – it showed me how to enjoy life to the full, I gained in confidence and self esteem by setting myself challenges and achieving them. I felt really great at the end of the week and feel so much better spiritually and mentally.The support from others in the group was amazing we laughed so much and had a lot of fun together. I still look back at the change this journey made to my life and have very fond memories of all the people I met.

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Roswihta Elridge

I found Odyssey to be a life changing experience as it really does push the boundaries and take you out of your comfort zone. Scary in some aspects but exhilarating in others. After more than 30 years of marriage it is strange to go away with people you have never met, with no idea of where you will be staying or what you will be doing! It is such a wonderful concept and I felt very sad to leave the experience and all the people connected to it. I feel very privileged to have had the chance to take part as it certainly leaves a lasting impression.

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Sian Hallewell

Odyssey was a brilliant week, an opportunity to meet other wonderfull people and to have a fantastic experience – a chance to take stock, feel good about yourself, remember what it feels like to be YOU – not the cancer patient – but YOU!

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Fiona Stevenson

I will never ever forget my week with Odyssey.  I remember the Tuesday evening I sobbed my heart out and nearly quit.  What a difference the following day made when I realised I didn’t have to be good at everything but just had to attempt new skills in order to be able to cope with what life had to throw at me.

Now I am still learning new skills and going from strength to strength. The new skills I am learning are being put to good use as well as helping others. Who knows where my journey is going to end but one thing for sure is now I can COPE. Thank you all so much, you will never ever be forgotten.

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Rachel Beck

What can I say? After five days my mouth hurt from smiling and my sides hurt from laughing! When you are diagnosed with cancer part of you feels like you will never laugh again…I could never thank Odyssey enough for giving me back that “spark” that had gone out. If I have a down day now I just get the photos out ..and smile again.

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“My Odyssey journey was amazing … I felt really great at the end of the week and feel so much better spiritually and mentally.”
Brenda Channing
“For me, Odyssey was like opening the wardrobe door to Narnia, I came back to the real world knowing there is a little bit of magic somewhere!”
Mandy Meeks
“Most of all, Odyssey helped me to make the most of every day without worrying about tomorrow.”
Sandi Burrows
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